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Zotero - Collect, Organize, Cite and Share your Research Sources: Collaborating and Sharing References

Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.

Create Group Libraries

Group libraries are a great way to work privately with others on a project as well as a great way to publicly share your research with others around the world.

You can initiate the creation of a group library in two ways:

1.   Click the New Group icon in Zotero.



You will then be asked to log in to your online account.


Name Your Group

Now choose a unique name for your group and make sure to choose the appropriate level of privacy. If you only want you and those you choose to invite to your group to be able to view the group's research then you should choose Private Membership. If you want to share your research with everyone, you will choose between Public, Closed Membership and Public, Open Membership.

Invite Members

If you are going to use Group Libraries for a group project you will need to invite your colleagues to join your group. Click Members Settings and then Send More Invitations. Help your those who don't already use Zotero by including a link to this guide ( in the optional personal message. Your colleagues will then receive an e-mail inviting them to your group.


Find and Work with Your Group Libraries in Zotero

Your group libraries will automatically sync to your instance of Zotero and will now appear below your private collections. You can drag and drop items between private and group libraries to copy them. Anything added by any members of the Group Library including tags and notes will appear for all members.

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